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Thursday (Vikings draft prediction) edition: Wha' Happened?

Posted by: Michael Rand under Vikings Updated: May 8, 2014 - 9:24 AM

The first round of the NFL draft is tonight. Finally. By the end of the evening, we can take all the first-round mock drafts, print them out and burn them for warmth. We will stay warm a long time.

But until then, it's still time to PREDICT, which in most cases means it's a chance to be horribly wrong.

We're going to hedge our bets by ranking the likelihood of what will happen for the Vikings in the first round, at least as we see it.

1) If the Vikings are able to find a willing trade partner, they swap the No. 8 pick for a spot 5-10 places lower. At that spot, they take the best defensive player available, then they use the extra pick(s) accumulated from the trade to either choose or move up to choose a quarterback. It wouldn't be stunning to see them wind up with two first-round picks by the end of the night. Remember, they also have an extra third-rounder to play with as part of the Percy Harvin trade.

2) If the Vikings are unable to find a willing trade partner, they will take the best defensive player available at No. 8.

3) If the Vikings don't find a trade partner AND they decide to make a splash pick at No. 8, the most likely candidate at quarterback at that spot is Blake Bortles.

4) If somehow Johnny Manziel is available at No. 8, and the Vikings either trade out of the spot or pick someone else, there will be a sizable and vocal contingent ready to burn down Winter Park. In that case, we will establish a plausible alibi for our whereabouts, and anything beyond that is pure speculation.

That's it. Our reasoning is such: Rick Spielman reached for a QB in 2011 with Christian Ponder and it didn't work out. Having re-signed Matt Cassel this year, the Vikings are not as desperate now to take a QB this time around. There are plenty of holes on this roster, most notably linebacker. But with so many holes, the best value play is a trade. The safest play after that is to just take the best defensive player available. A riskier pick is Bortels. And Manziel is in a class all his own.

BONUS: Colleague and noted Packers enthusiast Scott Gillespie tweeted this photo of Brett Favre from his draft day. #neverforget

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Cleveland 45 3rd Qtr
Indiana 51
Washington 42 3rd Qtr
Philadelphia 47
Golden State 27 2nd Qtr 11:00
Toronto 13
New York 23 2nd Qtr 10:06
Detroit 32
Orlando 21 2nd Qtr 8:58
Atlanta 34
Charlotte 34 2nd Qtr 6:10
Boston 39
LA Clippers 2 1st Qtr 9:19
Memphis 3
Brooklyn 3 1st Qtr 10:50
Houston 2
Miami 5 1st Qtr 9:33
New Orleans 6
Minnesota 4 1st Qtr 10:04
Chicago 4
Utah 8:00 PM
Denver
San Antonio 9:00 PM
Sacramento
Milwaukee 9:30 PM
LA Lakers
Oklahoma City 9:30 PM
Portland
Boston 1 2nd Prd 8:57
New Jersey 0
Calgary 0 2nd Prd 11:29
NY Islanders 1
Washington 0 2nd Prd 13:51
Carolina 1
Chicago 0 1st Prd :33
Tampa Bay 0
Colorado 7:30 PM
Dallas
Los Angeles 9:00 PM
Anaheim
Siena 63 FINAL
Quinnipiac 73
Harvard 39 2nd Half 5:00
Cornell 42
Penn 30 2nd Half 16:52
Brown 49
Fairfield 34 2nd Half 20:00
Canisius 34
Manhattan 35 2nd Half 20:00
Iona 41
Saint Peters 27 2nd Half 18:35
Marist 45
Princeton 43 2nd Half 14:36
Yale 39
Ohio 0 1st Half 20:00
Akron 0
Dartmouth 6 1st Half 17:46
Columbia 0
Valparaiso 9:00 PM
Cleveland State
Louisiana Tech 75 FINAL
Texas-El Paso 88
Seton Hall 56 2nd Half 12:57
Xavier 34
Cornell 27 2nd Half 20:00
Harvard 23
Yale 19 2nd Half 14:30
(14) Princeton 45
Elon 30 2nd Half 12:17
Drexel 37
Northeastern 30 2nd Half 15:52
James Madison 43
St Johns 33 2nd Half 14:52
Butler 28
Creighton 50 2nd Half 12:35
Georgetown 42
Brown 35 2nd Half 13:57
Penn 54
Columbia 29 2nd Half 13:30
Dartmouth 39
Canisius 31 2nd Half 13:30
Siena 36
St Josephs Brooklyn 17 2nd Half
NJIT 32
Western Carolina 45 2nd Half 20:00
UNC Greensboro 33
Colorado 9 1st Half 13:49
Arizona 9
Southern Ill 7:00 PM
Bradley
Drake 9 1st Half 16:47
Wichita State 4
Indiana State 7 1st Half 13:20
Evansville 12
Illinois State 7:05 PM
Loyola-Chicago
Northern Iowa 7:05 PM
Missouri State
Utah 7:30 PM
(10) Arizona State
Providence 7:30 PM
Villanova
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Date/Opponent Time W L Score
2014 preseason     
Aug 8 - vs. Oakland 7 pmX10-6
Aug 16 - vs. Arizona 7:30 pmX30-28
Aug 23 - at Kansas City 7 pmX30-12
Aug 28 - at Tennessee 7 pmX19-3
2014 regular season     
Sep 7 - at St. Louis NoonX34-6
Sep 14 - vs. New England NoonX30-7
Sep 21 - at New Orleans NoonX20-9
Sep 28 - vs. Atlanta 3:25 pmX41-28
Oct 2 - at Green Bay 7:25 pmX42-10
Oct 12 - vs. Detroit NoonX17-3
Oct 19 - at. Buffalo NoonX17-16
Oct 26 - at Tampa Bay NoonX19-13 ot
Nov 2 - vs. Washington NoonX29-26
Nov 9 - Bye
Nov 16 - at Chicago NoonX21-13
Nov. 23 - vs. Green Bay NoonX24-21
Nov. 30 - vs. Carolina NoonX31-13
Dec 7 - vs. NY Jets NoonX30-24 ot
Dec 14 - at Detroit 3:25 pmX16-14
Dec 21 - at Miami NoonX37-35
Dec 28 - vs. Chicago NoonX13-9

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